Manchester United

Where Now for Troubled United Striker?

Things are beginning to look a little bit grim for Michael Owen. Sir Alex Ferguson has supposedly warned Aston Villa off a bid for him in January, but first team opportunities have been harder to come by than ever for the once-prolific striker. Owen seemed to have done well for himself at the beginning of last season: signing for the then-reigning champions with the only other clubs to have confirmed an interest in the free agent being Stoke and Hull.

There were a couple of highs for Owen last season: such as the late, late winner in the derby against City, and a marvelous hat-trick away to Wolfsburg; but the first few games into the new season and Owen has found himself right out of favour. United have brought in Javier Hernandez, who seems to have taken the role of United’s third striker, behind Berbatov and Rooney. Owen’s misery was further compounded when United were chasing a goal at 2-2 against Liverpool yesterday, and Ferguson opted to bring on Italian teenager Federico Macheda ahead of him.

So what does Owen do now? Well, he surely can’t be at Old Trafford at the beginning of next season. His contract’s up in summer, and with the number of (mostly young) strikers on United’s books, an extension looks unlikely. Owen still harbours hopes of getting back into the England squad; this won’t happen whilst he’s at United – he just won’t get enough games.

He’ll be 31 by the time the transfer window rolls around, and, despite Ferguson’s suggestion that he’ll be going nowhere, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Owen leaving Old Trafford in January.

One avenue that ought quite rightly spark debate is a move to Tottenham. Spurs fans were left reeling a window or two ago when the news broke that 11th hour bids had been supposedly placed by the N17 side for both Owen and …Heskey.

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